JFCB - Academic Honesty

Code: JFCB
Adopted: 9/28/16

Standards of Academic Honesty

 Roseburg Public Schools expects every student to conduct their educational pursuits with the highest degree of honesty, accountability for their own work and respect for the intellectual property of others.  It is the responsibility of each student to understand the proper method of using source materials and crediting the work of others.  Failure to adhere to the standards of academic honesty will result in appropriate sanctions, as acts of dishonesty destroy the integrity of the educational process for the student and their classmates. 


The major categories of academic dishonesty are defined as:

            Academic Cheating.  Academic cheating is any act of academic deception, which includes such things as receiving or communicating information to another student during a test or other assessment; looking at another’s test or assessment during the exam; using notes or obtaining information during a test or assessment when prohibited; obtaining information about the questions or answers for an assessment prior to the administration of the exam; or whatever else is deemed contrary to the rules of fairness with respect to school work or assessment, including special rules developed by the instructor of the course. 

            Plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s ideas or words as one’s own without crediting the source.  It is the use, whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another without full and clear acknowledgment through proper citation format.  The submission of an assignment or parts of an assignment written by someone other than the student, including but not limited to, other students, commercial organizations, or electronic sources. 

            Academic Misrepresentation.  Academic misrepresentation occurs when a student has another student or individual substitute for himself or herself during the taking of a test or other assessments.

            Academic Collusion.  Academic collusion is the sharing of test or other assessment questions or answers with another student without the instructor’s permission.  Academic collusion includes copying another student’s homework without the instructor’s permission or allowing another student to copy one’s work.  It also includes group collaboration on individual assignments without the instructor’s permission. 

            Dishonesty in Papers.  Dishonesty in papers entails using a writing service or having someone else write a paper for the student.  All work submitted for a course must be the student’s own original work unless the sources are cited. 

            Self-Plagiarism (Work Done for One Course and Submitted in Another).  Self-Plagiarism occurs when a student for a class refers to work previously submitted in another class at any Roseburg Public School or any other school in order to fulfill the academic requirements in that class.  This includes repeated classes.  Slightly altered work that has been resubmitted is also considered to be self-plagiarism.  In some instances instructors may allow a certain amount of work from a prior course to be repurposed; students who wish to do this must seek express approval from the instructor in advance.

            Other Academic Misconduct.  Other academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, stealing assessments; altering academic tests or assessments, grades or other student records; sabotaging the work of another student; distributing materials for the purpose of cheating; altering, forging, or misusing any Roseburg Public Schools official documents. 

            Violations of the Academic Honesty policy may result in appropriate discipline up to and including expulsion, subject to the principles for appropriate discipline as set out in Policy JFC.

Legal Reference(s)

ORS 339.250
OAR 581-021-0022
OAR 581-021-0055